Ripley (OH) Bee, “The Two Kinds of Intervention,” August 2, 1860

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“The Two Kinds of Intervention,” Ripley (OH) Bee, August 2, 1860, p. 1: 6.
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Detroit (MI) Advertiser
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Ripley Bee
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The Two Kinds of Intervention
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Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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Popular Sovereignty has been placed by the Democracy between the two fires of Judicial and Congressional intervention, and of the two, the former is the hottest. The Detroit Advertiser asks this pertinent question:

Can any Democrat tell us the practical difference between judicial intervention and Congressional intervention for the protection of slavery in the territories, except that the former fastens it upon them much more certainly than the [other?] the Supreme Court may declare a law of Congress regulating the question, unconstitutional. But Congress has no power to disturb or set aside a decision of the Supreme Court. A slave code, therefore, might be only temporary, but a decision of the Court declaring the existence of slavery in the territories, would be eternal! To this last has Douglasism come; the former is Breckinridgeism.

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